Safety and Security in a school is about taking a sensible and proportionate approach to ensure that the premises provide a safe and secure place for all who use them, including the school workforce, visitors and pupils. Schools need to have appropriate security measures in place to protect school property and ensure a safe and secure environment for staff and students. Risk assessment means finding out what could cause harm to people and deciding if you have done enough or need to do more to protect them. Risk assessments are central to the management of safety and security within a school.
Risk assessment for schools should be approached in a series of steps. These are as follows:
- Divide your work into manageable categories
- Identify the hazards- This may be any event, activity or behaviour which can cause potential harm or pose a threat.
- Identify who might be harmed- In addition to staff and students, those who have to be considered in risk assessment are parents, visitors and maintenance workers.
- Evaluate the risk- In evaluating the level of risk you will assess the likelihood, or probability, of an event actually occurring.
- Prepare a plan for controlling the risks according to risk evaluation.
- Review and revise the assessment- Risk assessments need to be reviewed and if necessary updated it.